The UK Consumer Association (CA) magazine 'Computing Which?' has declared Apple's iTunes Music Store the 'best overall' music download service.
"iTunes hits the right note in our test", the CA said. "It's user-friendly search facilities make it easy to buy your chosen tracks and albums." The service also wins praise for its extra features, such as music videos. The range of music gets a jibe, this "could be more diverse", and its format attracts comment. "AAC only plays on Apple software and iPods". Despite this, iTunes wins a 73 per cent overall rating.
Napster (65 per cent) is praised for its comprehensive music selection. In third place, Warp Records' UK-born Bleep.com service (64 per cent) is praised for its, "clear instructions, generous previews and no digital rights management restrictions."